Last Nights Low Tide Beach Walk

Last night there were dozens of flashlights and giggling children of all ages participating in Seattle Aquariums night time beach walk.  

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Scupper Sr. interviewed a representative from the Seattle Aquarium about the late night exploration off the shores of Beach Drive.

Here’s more from West Seattle Herald.

This weekend’s King Tides become a Royal Pain?

West Seattle Herald recently wrote about the King Tides that will be topping out at 13 feet along our shoreline this weekend… 

So called King Tides (a non-scientific term) simply refers to the very highest tides. They occur when the earth, moon and sun are aligned at perigee (when the moon is closest to earth) and perihelion (when the earth is closest to the sun), resulting in the largest tidal range seen during a year since the gravitational effects are magnified.

While NOAA does not expect additional tidal height due to coastal flooding, the Marine Forecast has issued southerly winds between 15/ 25 knots with 2-4 foot waves to boot during Saturday’s extreme high tide… 

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THU…S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. CHANCE OF RAIN.

THU NIGHT…S WIND 10 TO 20 KT…RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT.

FRI…S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING TO 2 FT OR LESS.

FRI NIGHT…N WIND 5 TO 15 KT…BECOMING S TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS.

SAT…S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT.

SUN…SW WIND TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS.

Upcoming high tides:

Thursday +12.5 ft at 5:15AM also +12.1 at 3:30PM

Friday +12.8 ft at 6:30AM also +11.8 at 4:30PM

Saturday +13 ft at 7:00AM also +11.2 at 5:30PM

Sunday +13 ft at 8:00AM

Monday +12.9 ft at 8:30AM

Tuesday +12.7 ft at 9:00AM

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog
 

Resident chases off prowlers breaking into trailered boat

Appears that your fishing/pleasure boats may have been safer in the water than on land.  A neighbor’s off of SW Angeline (4700 block of Beach Drive) thwarted an attempted theft by prowler(s) rummaging under the canvas cover of their trailered boat on Tuesday.  The incident was reported to the police but haven’t heard of any arrests. 

Probably a good idea to remove any semi-attached electronics, fishing gear, trolling motors, etc. off your boats this off- season. Keep in mind that thieves have no problem taking the transom along with your small outboards! Yes, I found out the hard way a few years back…

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Beach Drive dog finds “Spirit Log”

Found this great carving while walking along the waterfront path at Lincoln Park. Scupper Jr’s  natural pull to the beach (which of course, I fully resist) landed us here…

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Disclaimer: Said dog never set a paw on highly enforced beach or artwork/graffiti depending on who’s side you’re on per WSB post.

While this particular carving has been fully documented on West Seattle Blog, a long time resident of Beach Drive informed me that as recent as 3 or 4 years ago he’s has seen several of what he calls “spirit logs” wash up on our local beaches north of Lincoln Park.  He went on to say that he… 

“heard there were many but disapeared over time. People,sand and tide moved them.”

A quick Google search uncovered another driftwood carving found near the water in Port Townsend…

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Photo courtesy of Dr John’s Journal

I’m squarely in the camp of welcoming these native style carvings onto our beaches. Reminds me of the native heritage of the land we now call home!

Scupper, for Beach Drive Blog 

Please bees careful walking/running up Jacobson street today!

During a jog up Jacobson hill this morning, I ran into a city crew trying to decide what to do about the leaning alder they had just cut down. It just so happens that the hollowed out Alder laying on the ground is home of a swarming bees nest.

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One of the crew informed me that a local bee keeper has been contacted for their expertise and over-heard other options to move the infested log to an unpopulated corner of MeeKwaMooks or Lincoln Park.  You've been warned!

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The University of Washington research vessel named the Thomas G Thompson has been a spotted as a regular these days off off Blake Island.

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I'm guessing that they are testing the local waters beyond the out-going currents of Rich Passage where several Atlantic Salmon farming pens are located.  Their website isn't revealing what they've been up to recently but a potential break out of Salmon Anemia in Puget Sound must have their attention.  Monday was so beautiful out that I ventured over in the Beach Drive Blog zodiac to check out the operations.  Enjoy!

 

 Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

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Gill Netters set for Fall salmon runs

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Starting to see the "net set" working the waters off of Beach Drive. A local resident we'll refer to as Mr. Green Horn hitched a ride Wednesday as a go-fer-boy and mentioned none of the boats are having great catches yet, "the Chums still don't seem to be all that plentiful right now".

Scupper, roporting for Beach Drive Blog

Newest Bulkhead on Beach Drive

Update October 14, 2011:  apparently the construction of this bulkhead may be involved with the 75 foot sunken vessel of Waterfront Construction, causing a fuel spill. Read Beach Drive Blog's coverage here.

Our intrepid reporter, Scupper, decided to check out the barge that was heading to a newer Beach Drive home.  How often can you watch a bulkhead being built?

 

 

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What Kind of Bird is This?

My husband, aka, Scupper, spied this hawk(?) in one of our willows yesterday dining on his latest victem.  It appears to be larger than a crow and smaller than a seagull.

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See more pictures of this bird by clicking here.  Photo credits: Scupper.

Surfs up on Beach Drive! Reading the waves

Coming down off Jacobson hill last night around 5:30, I figured the wind was blowing around 40 mph by the way the waves were reacting to the wind. It's Scupper here to review how waves can tell you how hard its blowing on our neck of Puget Sound. 

Flat mirror like water translates to winds at…zero

Waves just starting to crest with a cap translates to winds at…about 10mph

Sporadic white caps across the water translates to winds at…about 15mph

White caps just about everywhere translates to…about 20-25mph

Large waves with some spray blowing off the white caps translates to…25-30mph

Consistent streaks of spray & foam blown off the waves…30-40mph (what I saw coming down off the hill!)

Beyond what's described above results in denser foam/spray off the waves and indicates gale force to what the Beaufort Scales would consider "storm" conditions.

Scup